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Simulation

Description

Simulation games are created with the goal of putting the player in control of a certain activity while attempting to make it as realistic as possible.

In the strictest sense of the word, all electronic games are simulations, since they cannot exist without simulating aspects of real life. However, simulation genre only includes games that focus (entirely or mostly) on imitating real-life activities. That does not mean that simulation games must be completely realistic; for example, space combat simulation games simulate an activity that is (yet) unknown to human beings. The distinguishing feature of simulation games is their emphasis on realism and detail comparable to those encountered in real life.

Most simulation games are not story-driven, since they concentrate on describing general activities, not concrete situations. Among notable exceptions are Wing Commander games, which combine space combat simulation with a continuous narrative.

Simulation themes vary greatly; theoretically, they are limited only by the amount of activities known to human beings. Simulation themes include, for example, traffic networks, medical care, romance, music, and many others.

Simulation games can be roughly divided into five main groups:
  • Managerial simulations put the player in a position of a manager or a similar role.
  • Construction simulations primarily involve building, for example cities.
  • Life simulations may deal with human life or life in general.
  • Professional / Social simulations are dedicated to specific social activities and professions.
  • Vehicle simulations allow the player direct control of a vehicle with a certain sense of realism, for example plane, space ship, tank, etc.
Simulation can also be used as a modifier for other genres, for example Strategy (realistic re-creation of historical battles), Racing / Driving (particularly realistic vehicle-handling, tuning, repair, etc.), or Sports (team management, training, trading, etc.).
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PlayStation 2 (2006), Xbox (2006) and PSP (2006)

Thrillville is an amusement park simulator where you take on the role of the favoured nephew or niece of the...

Thrillville: Off the Rails Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007), PlayStation 2 (2007), PSP (2007), Xbox 360 (2007) and Wii (2007)

Thrillville: Off the Rails is an amusement park simulator and is the sequel to the original title Thrillville.Uncle Mortimer returns...

Browser (2005)

Finally, a computer version to play in the office for those times when your manager is lurking in the next...

Thud Ridge: American Aces in 'Nam Commodore 64 Front Cover

DOS (1988) and Commodore 64 (1988)

The game plot is set in times of Vietnam War, where you are American pilot of the Republic F-105 Thunderchief...

Thule Trail Browser Front Cover

Browser (2007)

This update (in the particulars only, otherwise reveling in its gloriously retro 8-bit sound, graphics and gameplay sensibilities) on the...

DOS (1989), Commodore 64 (1987) and Apple II (1986)

Thunderchopper puts you in a Hughes 530 MG Defender helicopter, and offers several modes of play. First is training, intended...

Thunderhawk AH-73M DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), Amiga (1991) and Atari ST (1991)

Thunderhawk AH-73M a 3D action/simulation helicopter game. You are a pilot of MERLIN, an elite command, which is commanded by...

Thunderstrike 2 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995), PlayStation (1995) and SEGA Saturn (1995)

This is the sequel to Core's Sega CD game, AH-3 Thunderstrike. Like the previous game in the series, this is...

Thunderstrike: Operation Phoenix PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2001)

In control of the most advanced gun-ship technology known to man, you are charged with neutralizing the enemy and restoring...

DOS (1994)

Tigers on the Prowl is a tactical level wargame set during World War II on the Eastern Front. Either the...

Time to Ride: Saddles & Stables Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Time to Ride: Saddles & Stables tells the story of city girl Amanda who must go to live with her...

Commodore PET/CBM (1979)

Time Trek is another adaptation of Star Trek. Like in the other versions the player must destroy all Klingons. The...

Timothy Leary's Mind Mirror PC Booter Front Cover

PC Booter (1986), Commodore 64 (1985), Apple II (1985) and Atari 8-bit (1985)

Mind Mirror allows the performer to digitize (scope) any thought, compare it with other thoughts and compare thoughts with others,...

Tiny Toon Adventures: Cartoon Workshop NES Front Cover

NES (1992)

In Tiny Toon Adventures: Cartoon Workshop player's take on the role of the director and can create their own Tiny...

Tiny Tower iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2011), Android (2011) and iPad (2011)

In Tiny Tower you build your own building, manage the businesses and bitizens that live and work in it. There...

Titanic: Challenge of Discovery Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

A strategy/simulation game that includes a little bit of education, Titanic: Challenge of Discovery puts you in the lead of...

Titans of Steel: Warring Suns Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

Turn-based strategy with giant mechs. Not unlike a computerized version of the Battletech miniatures games. Full design options for custom...

Commodore PET/CBM (1979)

Titrator is a simulation game in which you perform titration. The object is to find out how strong the given...

TLL: Tornado Low Level Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985), ZX Spectrum (1984) and Amstrad CPC (1985)

TLL sets you as a skilled pilot who must take on a tough mission - shooting out six discs representing...

SNES (1994)

TNN Bass Tournament of Champions is a standard fishing game in the vein of Super Black Bass where the player...

Browser (2003)

Toa Personality Test is exactly what it sounds like: a personality test. However, it's a Flash game, and it's based...

TOCA 2: Touring Car Challenge Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999) and PlayStation (1998)

The BTCC (British Touring Car Championship) was Britain's biggest domestic racing championship in the late 1990s, and this game recreates...

TOCA Race Driver 3 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006), PlayStation 2 (2006), Xbox (2006) and Macintosh (2008)

TOCA Race Driver 3 follows on from the ideas started in Race Driver 2. The game attempts to include as...

TOCA Race Driver 3 Challenge PSP Front Cover

PSP (2007)

DTM Race Driver 3 Challenge is the third game in the series and the first to appear on the PSP....

TOCA: World Touring Cars Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2003)

This handheld version of TOCA: World Touring Cars is based on the PlayStation game. It features elven tracks to drive...

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